Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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RE[2]: random thoughts
by thavith_osn on Wed 19th Oct 2011 21:54 UTC in reply to "RE: random thoughts "
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

Is it rude to laugh at someone for their ignorance? Appears more than not seem to think so :-(

You know everyone else knows Helvetica wasn't created by Apple. He may have been trying to say that Helvetica was very very popular on Macs, more so than say, Windows where Arial was the poor substitute.

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RE[3]: random thoughts
by kristoph on Wed 19th Oct 2011 22:34 in reply to "RE[2]: random thoughts "
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

It's ok, I am used to Thom. It's part of his charm. ;-)

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RE[3]: random thoughts
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Thu 20th Oct 2011 06:01 in reply to "RE[2]: random thoughts "
Torbjorn Vik Lunde Member since:
2009-09-04

Helvetica was popular before the Mac even existed.

Also: I see no problem with other OSs than iOS using Helvetica. It’s everywhere in print, I see no problem (aside from boredom maybe) with it being everywhere in digital as well.

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RE[4]: random thoughts
by TusharG on Fri 21st Oct 2011 04:06 in reply to "RE[3]: random thoughts "
TusharG Member since:
2005-07-06

Every time I use iMac I feel the fonts are not clear and as cryspy, they are bit blur as compared to my Ubuntu/Kubuntu laptop. On Windows fonts look good too. Ubuntu fonts look super cryspy and good. I have failed to understand why iMac fonts don't look that good, specially when Mac fonts and mac desktop is so popular and why nobody complains about it.

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RE[3]: random thoughts
by Neolander on Thu 20th Oct 2011 19:17 in reply to "RE[2]: random thoughts "
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

When I see people arguing about fonts and typography as if the exact shape of a character was the single most important thing in this word, I sometimes think that alien intelligence is not so far away from me as I've always thought.

I mean, humans only recognize word shape anyway when reading large amounts of text, so I don't understand why fonts matter so much beyond some obvious concerns like character size, spacing of characters and paragraphs, or use of sans serif fonts on computer screens.

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RE[4]: random thoughts
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Thu 20th Oct 2011 20:25 in reply to "RE[3]: random thoughts "
Torbjorn Vik Lunde Member since:
2009-09-04

The shape of words are put together of letters, thus, the shapes of the letters influence the shapes of words. Font designers as quickly as they can test their fonts with words and body text when designing.

Of course, sometimes it’s simply about style. Arial is quite readable, but really ugly (some argue that it is more readable in body text than Helvetica, since it has more variation in it’s letters.)

If you want to know more about typography I highly recommend the movie Helvetica. (It’s about a lot more than only Helvetica.)

Like you mention: how the font is set it important as well. Badly set Georgia will look bad, and but a well set horrible font will usually look horrible as well.

Edited 2011-10-20 20:27 UTC

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